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By RUBS Waller * * « First-of-the-season fishermen report comparatively little luck ... Doc Scanlan summarizes the situation with the statement thai the fish today need more "encouragement" than they used to ... the only question is how? * * * Dean Barnes reports that Harold Hunt has just about cleaned his fields 100% of gophers by poisoning with strychnine potatoes. * • « Whatever happened to thai campaign to introduce fluoride into Algona's drinking water. The 1957 Encyclopedia Brittanica say? belief that fluoride in drinking reduces tooth decay isn't a theory any more, but a scientific fact. Ton-year tests reported from Grand Rapids, Mich., Newburgh, N. Y., and Brantford, Ont. show a GO percent reduction in tooth decay in chidlren after fluorido was added to the water. * * * CONGRATULATIONS TO — Pat Cullen, former Whittemore and Algona resident, now of Storm Lake, where he operates a hardware store, for selection as "Storm Laker of the Week" by the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune. He moved there in November of 1956. Pat also became a father for the sixth time last week with the arrival of a new son ... now five boys and a girl... as brother Ed Cullen says, that's a basketball team. ' Perry. A. White, former Algona man and graduate of the local high school, was named to the board of directors of Baldwin- Lima-Hamilton Corporation of Philadelphia. He is general controller of the corporation which produces heavy construction equipment and locomotives. * * » If there is any question about the "cost of living" look over these statistics of prices the government is now paying for what it buys. Before WW2 the U.S. bought fighter planes for $60,000 apiece; now they cost about IVfe million each. Heavy bombers cost $300.000; now they cost 8 million. Of course the new ones are bigger, faster, and far more complicated. As they are outmoded about every three years, you can readily see why defense takes such a big slice out of the total national budget. * * * This is the time of year that the little woman advises you that if you don't get rid of that rig you wear around the house she'll sell you for a scarecrow. * * * A raise in postal rates is just around the corner, with first class mail slated to go to 4 cents and U.S. postcards to 3 cents. An increase in postal rates might solve Summerfield's budget, but how would it solve the problem of handling mail? Last week the Upper Des Moines had a package postmarked into the mail at Mason City late Tuesday afternoon. We/ines- day morning Algona gets mail in two ways from Mason City, via star route and the morning train. Neither brought the package.. A phone call to Mason City at 11 a.m. Wednesday got a duplicate package into the Mason City postoffice at 1 p.m. Snd it arrived here on the 3 p.m. star route or two hours later. The first package didn't reach Algona until sometime Wednesday night. One of the problems of the U.S. Mail isn't money but just plain good, efficient service. Most postal employees are efficient and havo a sense of responsibility; there must be others who just don't give a hoot. » * * A father doesn't realize how fast his family is growing up until he tries to get into the bathroom on a school morning. * * * Joe Todd, now of Branson, Mo.. was a guest at Rotary, Monday noon ... he was a charter member of the local club and a former Algona business man .. Marion Olson of Mason City, just returned from five years as a dept. of agriculture agent in Iraq, was Monday's speaker. * * • Governor Herschel Loveless, sometimes referred to as "tha little man downstairs' by members of the state legislature, has a good answer to that title: "I am proud to be known as the little man downstairs. I am proud to be a part of Mr Average Citizen. 1 will lobby for tha little man of the state who hai no one else to do it for him." f » * QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "In no other nation today can so few farmers produce food and fiber to clothe and feed so many _ AT SUCH A RELATIVELY LOW PRICE" — E?ra Taft Benson, State Historical ia« me* ESTABLISHED 1863 loitered a« Mcond claw matter at the t»*tofflce at Alforui, Iowa, Jfw. 1. 1039, tinder Act of Congress of March 3, 1678. AlOONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1957 3 SECTIONS - 24 PAGES PIUS 16 PAGE TABLOID VOL. 94 - NO. 20 2 To 3 Inch Rains For Thirsty Soil 4 Named To Represent t Algona At Boys State The four boys who will represent Algona at the annual Boy's State assembly to be held at Camp Dodge near DCS Moines, June 2-8, are shown above. They are, left to right, John Hood, Bob McMahon, Tom Hutchison and Jim Anderson. All are juniors in high school here. Hood, son of Mr and Mrs Bill Hood, and McMahon, son of Mr and Mrs E. C. McMahon, attend St. Cecelia Academy, while Hutchison, son of Mr and Mrs T. C Hutchison, and Anderson, son of Mr and Mrs W. M. Anderson, are students at Algona high. The local American Legion post sponsors sending the boys to Boy's State. Three service clubs, Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions, share the expense equally with the Legion. Selection of the boys is based on information fi'om the local schools and include honor, courage, loyalty, scholarship and service. The Boy's State committee of the Legion made the final selection of the four from a list turned in by the schools. Chairman Charles Paxson, Leo Cassel and Jim Kolp served on the committee. A total of 720 boys will attend Boy's State where they will study government, political problems and participate in athletics. One of the features is a general election of a set of party leaders which follows a heated campaign by two simulated political parties. Four alternates, Jim Cink and Paul Goecke of the Academy and David Hutchins and Larry Hutzell from the high school were also selected. (UDM Polaroid Photo-Engraving) 6 Teen-Agers Confess To School Window Smashing -'..;• „ • - T. in . . . > ' ' ' " II ,",>.," ^W^ A window smashing spree that resulted in 13 broken windows in the Ledyard school during the night last Friday was solved Wednesday when six teen-agers from Estherville admitted taking part in the vandalism. Rocks were thrown through the windows in classrooms on the north and west side of the building. Many of the rocks were found in the school rooms Saturday morning. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, in the course of his investigation after the damage was reported by Ledyard Supt. of Schools Leo E. Willadsen, discovered that some Estherville youths had been in Ledyard that evening. He also obtained the names of several of them. ' With the cooperation of the sheriff of Emmet county, several of the youths were rounded up and before -the questioning was over six had admitted taking part in the window-breaking deal. Emmet county authorities said several of the youths were on probation. All were in the 15-16 age bracket. Further prosecution in the matter will await a check into the probation records of some of the boys concerned. PAROLE REVOKED FOR ALGONA RESIDENT Wayne Wiese, 20, was taken to Anamosa reformatory, Wednesday, by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, to begin serving a term that was previously suspended when he was placed on parole on a false check charge. The term is for one year. The parole was revoked by the State Board of Parole, with the statement that Wiese had broken several terms of the parole. Plowing Bee Aids Lou Berninghaus Neighbors and friends of the Louis Berninghaus family Held a plowing bee recently at the Buss eighty and plowed 45 acres in five hours. Mr Berninghaus broke his leg last February, and is not yet able to handle all of his own work. Those helping out were Wayne Bollinger, Bill Kading, Willie Kruse, William Manning, John and James Berninghaus, R. H. Berninghaus and Harold Schmeling. The "assist" was greatly appreciated by Mr and Mrs Berninghaus. John Reding Rites Today At Whitfemore Whiltemore — Funeral services for John Reding, 83, were to be held Thursday morning, May 16, at 9:30 in St. Michael's Catholic church. The Rev. William Veil officiating. Palrbearers are Joe Rodine. Orville Muollcr, John Erpclding, Dr. L. Laubenthal, Harold Reding and Paul Erpeld- irig. Interment was in the St. Michael cemetery, with the Hyink Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. John Reding was born July 17, 1874, in Luxemburg, Germany) where he grew to manhood. At the age of 18, he migrated to the United States and came to the vicinity of St. Joe, where he worked as a farm hand. In 1909 Mr Reding and his brother Peter bought 400 acres of land in Lott* Creek township, the former John Larson farm which was partially/ improved. The two brothers farmed this land fo.r 27 years. In 1930 Mr Reding went back to Luxemburg, where he was united in marriage with Mary Seeres on Oct. 21, 1930. In 1936 he brought his bride here and they established their home on a quarter section.across the highway fsom his brother's farm, after a complete set of farm buildings were, erected. Mr and Mrs Reding were the parents of four children, three girls and one boy, (Helen) Mrs Ross Inman of Bancroft, Alice who teaches school in Iowa Falls, and Mary and John at home. Besides his wife and family, he is survived by one sister, Mrs John S. Reding of St. Joe. Mr Reding entered the Mercy hospital in Mason City last week and underwent surgery on Tue% day,. May 7, and pafised^iway early Monday morning, May.'".l3. He was a kind and loving husband and father, a good neighbor and a devout member of St. Michael's parish. Doctor Appointed Dr. Dan L. Bray of Algona has been named to the County Insanity Commission, replacing the late Dr. C. H. Cretzmeyer. "Go Places" In Farm-Home Roto Ever have the yen to go a lot of places? Well, you can do just that, at least visually, in the May Farm and Home Section appearing in this week's issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines. You will see market places of the world from Corsica to Cairo, Geisha girls in Japan and the ol' black magic of the congo. For the cook in the family, there are new ideas for how to serve up those Spring chickens, and men folks who farm will be interested to find out how they can make irrigation pay. 900 Attend Cooking School The photo above shows most of the' 550 persons present during Ihe Saturday afternoon program of the Upper Des Moines cooking school. Two-day attendance at the affair, which w.as held Friday and Saturday afternoons in the National Guard armory here, was 900. Miss Susan Lowe, who demonstrated the latest in recipes, foods and appliances to her interested audiences both days, is shown explaining one of the many delicacies produced by her on stage. Ail dishes prepared by Miss Lowe, plus about 150 merchandise prises were given away following the two programs. A complete list of prizes and winners will be found in the third section of this newspaper today. (Nels Isaacson, photo>UDM Engraving) Golden Wedding, St. Joe Couple St. Joe — Mr and Mrs Fred Illg, members of St. Joseph's parish, will observe their Golden Wedd- Thursday, May 23rd. A high mass with Rev. Francis II g of Ogden, a nephew, ' ing anniversary on lllK alliiivciaoi .y wii .1 uuLauca.r t ***MJ «w»^. *• *.. 0 ** *..«_.- ...... ---. ,— .. T-,U«»«-» as celebrant will be held at 9 o'clock in St. Joseph's church here. A dinner m the Johnson Algona, at noon will follow for the immediate relatives. Open house from 2 to 4 o clock will also be at the Johnson House and they request that there be no gifts. Mr Illg was born at Wheaton, Illinois, and with his parents came to this community when two years of age. Mrs Illg was born here and spent all her life here. Mr and Mrs Illg were married in St Joseph's church here by the late Rev. G. J. Remmele on May 21, 1907, and were attended by Mrs John Thul of here, Mrs Illg's sister, and Nfck I llg, deceased, a nephew of Mr Hlg. H _ rmnn They resided on their farm five miles northwest of St. Joe until 1941 when their son Herman took over the operation of the farm and they moved to St. Joe where they have lived since. Mr and Mrs Illg are the parents of Mrs George Wagner (Amaha); Mrs Harold Reding (Gertrude); Mrs Alfred Reding (Helen) and Herman, all living in this community. Adeline died in 1941. They have, 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. (Isaacson photo - UDM engraving) 6 Accidents,3 Fractures For Bancroft Area Bancroft — Six injuries of an- accidental nature, including three fractures, struck the Bancroft community during the past week. The injuries: Tommy Brink, son of Mr and Mrs Frank Brink, fractured leg; Larry Bergman, son of Mr and Mrs Lawrence Bergman. gashed face. Janice Schrandt, daughter of Mr and Mrs Mike Schrandt* fractured Collar bone. Kathryn Kollasch, daughter of Mr and Mrs Albert Kollasch, .fractured arm. Mrs Alice Sheridan, bad bruises in fall. Mrs Richard Long, bad bruises in fall. Tommy collided with a playmate during baseball at St. John's school and fractured his leg. He is a 4th grader. Larry fell when coming out a door at school received a gash on his nose that required. seven stitches, and knocked loose four teeth. He is a 6th grader. Janice was hit by a flying baseball while attending a game and received the fractured Collarbone. She is a 4th grade pupil. Kathryn, a 6th grade pupil at St. John's, slipped and fell» fracturing an arm. Mrs Sheridan fell at her home) and while she received no broken bones, she was badly bruised and suffers from shock. She lives with her daughter Mary. Mrs Long fell at her home and received some bad bruises but no broken bones. She lives with her son, Bernard, and is nearly 90 years of age, as is Mrs Sheridan. Cong* Goad To Address Seniors Rev. Merwin Goad, U. S. Congress Representative from the sixth district of Iowa, will be the featured speaker at commencement exercises tomorrow night, Friday, May 17, in the Grant school at 8 p.m. Baccalaureate was held at the Grant school Sunday, May 12, with Rev. S. Hammer of Swea City the featured speaker. Rep. Coad's appearance will come "during his tour through this area. Congressman Coad will also be the principal speaker at the Wesley High School commencement program. The exercises will be held in the high school auditorium on Wednesday evening, May 22nd, at 8:00 o'clock. Golden Wedding Bur) -T- Mr and Mrs Hugh Marlow of Burt will have open house in , celebration of their fiftieth wearing anniversary, May 19, from two to five at their home. Baby Scalded Susan Bierle, 18-month-old daughter of Mr and Mrs Roy Bierle, Lone Rock, suffered second\ and third • degree burns Thursday while taking a bath. The little girl turned on the hot water faucet while her mother wasn't looking. She was reported in fair condition at a Mason City hospital. Complete Deal On Setchell Bldg., Algona Purchase of the Setchell building on State street by I. E. Diamond, Fort Dodge, was announced Wednesday. The building was sold by Kay Setchell, formerly of Algona and now of Eldora. The purchase price was not disclosed. A suit in equity relating to the building was settled out of court by Diamond and Setchell. Plans for a construction program for the building, and plans as 19 a future tenant for the location, are not complete at present. The structure was damaged in the Smoke Shop fire of last year. Mr. Diamond also recently purchased the building formerly occupied by Swartz Hardware from John Swartz, who has moved to California. A complete remodeling program is now underway at this location on State street, which will be the new site of Diamond's Surplus Store, under management of Phil Diamond. The firm will shortly move from its present temporary location across from the Court house to its new store, where a Grand Opening will be held. The Setchell building has remained vacant now for more than a year, and its purchase by Diamond means it will again take its place in the Algona business district as an operating retail firm, New Manager, Liquor Store Robert Dransfeldt, manager of the Bancroft Liquor Store since Nov. 20, 1939, was checked out and will become manager of the Algona Liqupr Store Thursday morning of this week. He replaces G. D. Brundage, Algona manager for the last 18 years, who retired recently. Joe Merrill, Bancroft store employee since July, 1948, is the new manager at Bancroft. Mr and Mrs Dransfeldt plan to move to Aljgona some time before fall. They recently assumed the responsibility of caring for two of Mrs Dransfeldt's nieces, following the death of the girls' mother at Sheffield. The father died a few years ago. Mrs Dransfeldt has been living in Sheffield to care for the girls. They will all move to Algona N.W. Bell Open House Drawing The new Northwestern Bel Telephone Co. building here was swamped with interested children during the first day of the firm's open house, which began Wednesday morning and continues through Friday, May 17. No less than 430 first through sixth graders made the guided tour Wednesday. Included were all Third Ward and Bryanl youngsters and a small group high school students. All day today, Thursday, more public school students, including ninth graders, will be shown around, raising the total to 929, and Friday 388 first through ninth graders from St. Cecelia will be shown, around the premises. A "Family Night" for employees of the company and members of their families, was held Tuesday night as sort of a kick-off to the whole three-day affair. According to Mr Claude, 198 persons, including local employees, attended and had a good time looking around. Employees, who are well versed in the various duties in the building, are serving as guides during the three days, and a summary of each operation is given to the groups of visitors as they walk from one department to another. Final session of the open house will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The building is open for inspec- tion'today, Thursday, "from 2 to 5 and from 7 19 9 p.m., and from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday. Crop Prospect Bounces After Early Drouth A very dim crop outlook suddenly brightened as. dark skies deposited from two to 3 Vz inches of rain in Kossuth county during the past week. Rains, which really got underway Wednesday night, May 8, fell intermittently from that time until late Tuesday, May 14, and skies failed to clear, holding the, promise of more moisture, Wed»* nesday. Rain measurements at the Algona Airport totaled 2.17 inches during the period according to Weatherman Stu Albright, but the figure went far above that many placet. . The crop outlook, along with the outlook of practically all Farmers in this area, improved 100 percent or more. A quick check with County Extension Director Dean Barnes ? roved a complete reversal of orm from very bad to good during the week. Moisture Now at Par "Monday's rain put us even with the average kept in records during the past 60 years," said Barnes' Wednesday afternoon, "and we've added almost an inch and a half since then." So Kossuih's soil, which reached art almost, all-time low in moisture for this time of year about a week ago, ' now is. in about the same shape it was a year ago. That •' means from 6 to 7 inches of sub-soil moisture, or about 65 percent saturated. Practically all of the rainfall soaked into the ground, and very little was evaporated due to the high percentage of humidity. The net result has boosted the corn, oat; soybean, hay and pastureland, prospect immensely. / Almost all corn planting is completed, the oats are in, with mos^ m pretty fair shape, 50 percent of the beans, which were for, th* most part planted deep until tha rains came, toe planted* and hay and pastureland is getting green^ er by the hour, Some Alfalfa Frosted Alfalfa has provided some grief. Scattered frost damage/especially in lowlands, has been reported in recent days. The frost actually occurred about ten days ago, but it takes about a week for the damage to show up, Checks have been made to make sure frost and not insects caused the damage. Speaking of insects, according to Barney there have been no. problems along that, line to date, but the little creatures may start working in earnest within the next week or ten days; Strange as it seems, almost half of the moisture received w the county since Jan. 1 fell dur> ing the past week. Here's; the break-down by months since the first of the year; Jan., .56 in.; Feb. .25 in.; Mar., .78 in.; Apr,, .88 Flower Show School Booked A Flower Show School is being planned for Algona, May 22, 23 and 24, to be held at the Kossuth Farm Bureau Building, sponsored by the local garden club and conducted by the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. May 22. Sessions will be held both morning and afternoon with leading horticulturists to speak. There will also be demonstrations in judging. Local chairman is Mrs C. R, McQuiston assisted by Mrs H. S. Montgomery and Mrs Wm. Dau Sr. Only those taking the complete course and having done required reading will be eligible to take the final examination. The general public is cordially invited to attend by the local group. Wins Scholarship Bob Hardgrove, son of Mr and, Mrs Russell Hardgrove of Al* gona, is one of 155 students at Iowa State College, Ames, who will receive a general scholarship from the Alumni Achievement Fund, Merit Scholarship Fund, Fwiwi and Lane-WeUa for the 1857-&8 »chapj year,-. pr, tot in.; and May, 2.17 in.; a total of 4.58 inches to date. * With the" moisture quota for the year finally normal, it is, im* portant that the soil receives sev« eral inches more during May and June, as July and August always prove to be almost without ram* Week's Weather According to Weatherman Albright, high reading for the weeh? was an 85, while 38 was the low temperature mark. H May 8 May 9 ; 72 May 10 58 May 11 -„ 70 May 12 —— 63 May 13 .„.—. 61 May 14 ly L S3 46 46 38 48 53 II .40 .02 1.05 ,40 Only one report of serious dam* age was received in Algona dur» ing high winds Monday night and Tuesday morning. Tree Outs Electricity A large tree limb interrupted electric service on south Podge street for a half-hour Tuesday morning when it fell across high lines and burned two of them off. Several transformers were als0 knocked out of commission as thi hot wires sparked and smoked af» ter falling into the street at th$ intersection of Dodge and Ken» nedy streets. A report of the damage was turned in by someone m thji neighborhood and city police and repairmen went to the scene un» mediately. According to City Superintendent Jim Palmer, "It was lucky nobody touched any of the live wires before necessary repairs could be made." Service was restored as soon as possible to the area. Many other tree branches blown loose by tj that hit this are? Offices To 'R» voed to close day Saturday dur; of June, July am *•*.

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